Wildlife

There’s loads to see at Paxton Pits, especially if you’re patient. It’s a well-loved spot for bird watching, with many overwintering wildfowl and regular sightings of kingfishers – as well as the famous nightingales. But you’ll also see plenty of other evidence of a healthy ecosystem here, including elusive mammals such as otters and weasels, plus a wide range of wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.

 

Visit our Latest Sightings Blog to see what’s been out and about most recently. For an idea of what you might see at different times of year, we’ve got a handy month-by-month guide. And if you spot anything yourself, please let us know what you’ve seen and where by writing in the sightings book at the visitor centre or by emailing Ranger Jim.

 

The most recent sightings from the blog:

  • Heronry South lake.2nd October: It rained a lot on the previous days so not much doing and not many visitors, that is, until today!Distant shot of wigeon, gadwall, black-tailedgodwit and green sandpiper.Heronry South lake was the place to be with […]
  • The month began with fine weather suitable for early autumn bird migration. Waders on the Heronry Lakes included lapwings, common and green sandpipers while wildfowl numbers started to climb as the first wigeon dropped in from Iceland to be accompanied […]
  • This month will hopefully see an increase in waders on the reserve. Green sandpipers have already been a feature from mid July onwards. The last of the swifts will be on their way south and other early migrants might include […]